Go pick up Sean Burnett. Stop reading, quickly add him to your team and come back. I’ll be here, waiting after the jump.
Rumors of a closer-by-committee in Washington have now been confirmed. Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said Drew Storen and Sean Burnett would be the favorites to receive the most Save opportunities. Today Drew Storen got the call… in the 8th Inning. He responded by allowing a Home Run to Alex Gonzalez. Bad news for Storen owners. Sean Burnett got the first Save of the season for Washington, a trend that may continue. Burnett was 7% owned Burnett before the game, he should be universally rostered after today.
2011 Forecast 63 Innings, 59 K, 1.19 WHIP, 3.00 ERA, 4 Wins, 20 Saves
Drew Storen struggled through Spring Training and today he needed Sean Burnett to save him from the monsters that hide in the closets of the 8th Inning. The committee approach didn’t bode well for Storen and today’s fiasco will likely lead to Burnett getting most of those split opportunities. The future is not now for Mr. Storen. Burnett doesn’t overpower anyone with his 90-91 mph Fastball, but if the improved K/9 (8.86) and BB/9 (2.86) from 2010 carry over into this season, he should have no troubles closing out games for the Nationals while Storen gains more experience.